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Machine Add Two Players Via Player Pool

January 25, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Machine have added midfielder Johnny Pearson and defenseman Tripp Telesco via the Major League Lacrosse Player Pool. 

Johnny Pearson was drafted by Ohio Machine in the sixth round (53rd overall) of the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft. The Ohio State graduate ended his career with 48 goals, 10 assists and 58 points in 44 games played. 

“Since we drafted him, it’s felt like Johnny has had a ton of potential,” Machine Head Coach and General Manager Bear Davis said. “He played with us in the Fall Classic and we liked what we saw there. We’re excited about him getting back on our roster.” 

Tripp Telesco is a graduate of Lehigh University, and is a two-time first team All-Patriot League honoree. As a senior, Telesco’s caused turnover total was tied for 10th in the nation while he was seventh in caused turnovers per game. The 6-foot-2 defenseman appeared in a game last season for the Denver Outlaws.

“Tripp has some good size,” Davis said. “He will add to the depth at our training camp”

With the additions, the Machine now have the maximum 40 players on the active roster. The pair will compete for a roster spot at Ohio Machine training camp this Spring. 

About the Ohio Machine

The Ohio Machine is a professional lacrosse team based in Columbus, Ohio.   The Machine is one of nine teams competing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league.  The team has been competing in the MLL since 2012 and won the franchise’s first MLL Championship in 2017.  The team competes at Fortress Obetz, the nation’s first professional lacrosse specific stadium.  For more information on Ohio Machine lacrosse, please visit